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Today is a “Day Without Latinxs, Immigrants, & Refugees” in Wisconsin

Thousands have gone on strike and withdrawn their kids from school, 150+ businesses are closed (partial list here) to stop Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke from turning sheriffs into Immigration agents

Statewide march at 11am in Milwaukee 


WHAT: Statewide Day without Latinxs, Immigrants, & Refugees and March to #StopClarke

WHO: Voces de la Frontera, Coalition for an Inclusive Wisconsin, Muslim community organizations, thousands of immigrant workers, business owners and their families, community supporters from throughout Wisconsin

WHEN: Statewide march is Monday, February 13th, 11am. Buses leaving throughout the morning from 11 cities throughout the state. Click here for a list of bus pickup locations and times when interviews can be conducted.

WHERE: March assembles at 1027 S. 5th St. in Milwaukee and marches to the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Rally at the courthouse to follow.

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has declared his intention to enroll his department in the federal 287g program, deputizing his sheriffs to act as Immigration agents. To stop Sheriff Clarke and resist the wave of deportations and immigration raids sweeping the country, Voces de la Frontera has called for a Day without Latinxs, Immigrants, and Refugees on Monday, February 13th. Thousands of community members and supporters throughout Wisconsin will stay away from work and school, close their businesses, leave their farms, and march at 11am from Voces de la Frontera’s offices to the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Businesses in a wide variety of industries will be affected by closures and work stoppages, including dairy, hotels, restaurants, manufacturers, service and retail, grocery stores, and others.

“My husband was deported,” said Jennifer Estrada, a community leader in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. “I know what that feels like and the impact it had on my children. Immigrants are the backbone to the dairy industry in my area and without them, the economy would get worse for all of us. People should not be afraid of law enforcement, they should not live under the threat of their families being torn apart. I am proudly marching on Monday to say no to Sheriff Clarke’s plan to enroll in 287g. If it starts in Milwaukee, it will spread to other counties.”
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